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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello there, good to have you with us, welcome to the news hour, live from doha. i'm shiulie ghosh. football's governing body agrees to release a full version of the world cup corruption report. kurdish forces in iraq say they have broken the siege of sinjar mountain, claiming their biggest victory yet over isil. and rallies across pakistan to
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remember the victims of the school siege. ♪ fifa's governing body -- football's governing body fifa has agreed to release a full version of a report investigating corruption. this week the reports investigator michael garcia resigned after saying his findings were misrepresented. now the report is to be released, although some legally sensitive details will be withheld. the report cleared russia and qatar in their bids for the world cup. the report also criticized
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england and australia's bidding process. lee why has fifa agreed to publish this report? >> reporter: fifa were undoubtedly in a corner, but they are out of it now. they didn't have too much choice in the end but to have this full report published. but they do actually get a lot out of it. publicity wise it looks like they are finally being transparent. but they have resisted for so long, haven't they? >> when the fuller version is published, it might not be dramatically different from the judge's summary. i think people are expecting some damming evidence in there, and i don't think it will be that at all. michael gar see was gone from the process as well, this has actually turned out very well
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for fifa. the president said we have been in crisis, the crisis has stopped because we again haunit in our government. >> that's interesting because michael gar -- garcia said all along that report wildly misrepresented his findings. >> michael garcia is a lawyer. you would have to see the two versions together to see how wildly they differ. the judge has a great reputation on the ethics committee, and provided this summary. michael garcia has been able to protect his reputation by distancing himself from fifa. he doesn't wanted to be seen as the man who cleared fifa. he couldn't even get into russia. so actually people are expecting
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his report to be the be all and end all, and have smoking guns, and they won't get that. this is far more about michael garcia protecting himself because he doesn't like the way fifa goes about its business. >> the fuller version is not going to pose any danger to the world cups in qatar and russia, but seth says there is a new process being drawn up for the bidding. is that going to shut the critics up? >> no, because fifa will have its critics, because it has gone about so many things in such a bad way in the last few years since that bidding process took place. but there have been changing at fifa, and he has even been given credit for them. there are new people in the executive committee. they have a clean track record. a lot of the people who were seen as corrupt have managed to
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hang on and are still there. but there won't ever be a possess like this again with fifa with future bids. and fifa does seem to be moving into the right direction. >> it's just amazing how long this has been going on for. lee thank you very much indeed for that. lee wellings in london there. turkish state television is reporting that an arrest warrant has been issued for a cleric. the turkish president has referred to him and his follower as traitors and terrorists in the past. he is also the spiritual leader of a hizmet movement. it runs a network in turkey and across the world. it says it promotes culture and interface dialogue.
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but the turkish government says it is a gang. the turkish president blames hizmet of trying to overthrow him last year. >> reporter: he is in self imposed exile in the u.s., and while requesting at -- at the same time is requesting that arrest, they have also requested the court asked interpol to issue a red notice. this essentially asks the country where he is in the united states to consider arresting and extraditing him and back to turkey. we're are very long way from that happening. any case would have to be proved before a u.s. court before he could come this way anyway. but significant that really this
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is being seen by his supporters as the latest stage of the spectacular falling out between the two, that has erdogan taking this action. >> why now? >> reporter: well, it's exactly a year since corruption allegations surfaced. including forcing a couple to resign. erdogan said it was his supporters who were behind what he said were false corruption allegations. in the months since those allegations were made, thousands of police officers and members of the judiciary involved have been fired or reassigned, and nobody is facing any corruption charges, and this -- these arrests -- this request for an arrest warrant now is being
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seanezen shally as erdogan and his supporters taking revenge on gulan and his supporters. and four people have been kept in custody, one of them the head of a media organization, one of them the former head of the anti-terror department and two other police officers also being held in custody. >> bernard thank you for that. kurdish forces in northern iraq have retaken fore ground from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. this time to the west of mosul. it comes just 24 hours after that had broken the siege. at least 10,000 people from the
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yazidis community have taken refuge there. they have gained nearly 700 square kilometers of what was isil-held territory. is there has been fighting between the sides north of the mountains. kurdish forces are now said to be marching towards isil's main military base in the area. that's in the city of tellfar. sue was in the sinjar mountains during some of that battle. she sent this update. >> reporter: the head of the national security forces in northern iraq has announced that the peshmerga have now taken lands that was originally isil controlled. this land stretches south of the mosul dam all the way to the
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sinjar mountains. this land is made up of pockets of villages and towns isil has been holding. the question is where have they now gone? we know many areas are sunni, and they could just go into those areas. the question is whether there will be a backlash. when the peshmerga first took the zuma many months ago, they thought they could relax, and then suicide bombers came in, dressed up as peshmerga, and killed many of the peshmerga forces. the main fighting is north of the sinjar mountains. a town we passed just a week ago, which was very much held by the isil fighters, and that is really turning into what i'm told a very big fight. the lieutenant we have spoken to on the top of the mown says even
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though they have managed to push through, they are not yet in a position to be able to hold it and to let the 10,000 yazidis leave if they want to. but the battle is ongoing. syrian opposition fighters say they have discovered bodies in a village in the northwestern countryside. the area had recently been captured by rebels, but government forces are fighting hard to prevent them from advancing towards damascus. the state has lost control of large areas of the country, and doesn't have the soldiers to win it back. zana hoda reports. >> reporter: more often than not this is how the government fights back. it attacks rebel-held areas from the skies. it hasn't been able to win back all of the territory it lost to the opposition. it doesn't have enough soldiers for every front line. it chooses its battles and fights on one front at a time. >> translator: in my opinion
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doesn't give -- doesn't take any -- doesn't present any importance, vital importance for the syrian regime. aleppo is important for the regime, but it has been given for two years the first priority. now he [ inaudible ] on it? why? he made military success on the field. >> reporter: over the years the state has managed to recapture and protect strategic areas to survive even though estimates say it now controls a mere 30% of syria. but the amount of territory is not as important as which territory. it is still in charge of its seat of power, and damascus is not isolated from other majorer ban centers understate authority. it is connected to the borders of lebanon and jordan. the someone tral city and the divided city of aleppo, as well as the coastal region in the
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west. it also has a presence in other contested provinces, apart from the strong hold of islamic state of iraq and the levant, a group that now controls approximately 35% of syria. the remaining areas are under the control of other opposition groups, but a lot of it is desert and countrysides. and now rebels are at war with each other. al-nusra front, syria's al-qaeda branch has just taken over government bases in the southern outskirts of idlib. >> translator: neither side is winning because of the presence of isil and al-nusra, those groups have a different agenda from the syrian opposition. there are only lossers in this war, the people. the southern province is a strategic front for both sides. the army has reinforced its positions with fighters from
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iran and the hezbollah, to prevent a rebel advance at the doorsteps of damascus. they recently captured a town where they found many bodies of civilians who used to live there. they blame the government. this is a war that neither side is likely to win with battle lines continuing to shift. for now, however, the state has managed to hold on to territory that it needs to stay in power. zana hoda, al jazeera, beirut. a million people have been wounded during the war in syria, according to the world health organization. it also says over half of public hospitals are out of service. diseases are spreading as medicines and vaccinations fail to meet those in need. more than 200,000 people have been killed during the convict which began in 2011. more to come here on the al jazeera news hour, including israeli's plans to develop a
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desert. plus political turmoil in haiti, protesters take their demands back to the street. ♪ in greece, a politician says he has been offered an $850,000 bribe to vote for the government's choice of president. this would help avoid a snap election. the government is calling the allegations despicable. >> reporter: this cd has the potential to make a general election inevitable, an election the government would be unlikely to win. independent greeks says it has recorded secret talks in my one of its mp's was offered a bribe of $850,000 in cash in return he would have to vote for the government's choice of president. >> translator: we recorded the meeting at the plaza hotel where
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the middleman spent an hour 14 minutes detailing his proposal that in return for a bribe he would vote for a presidential candidate. >> reporter: a second meeting was held in which the handover was arranged to take place, but on the appointed night, the middleman called to cancel the transaction. the ruling coalition of socialists and conservatives is trying to win over 25 opposition mp's to elect a new president. it has so far won over just five. if the bribery allegations are substantiated they could put off any other mp's the government has a chance of attracting. the party says the material was handed over to the prosecutor and police two weeks ago for further investigation, but it suspected judicial authorities are trying to sweep the affair under the rug. >> translator: i'm surprised the media essentially delivered a judicial verdict and said there is no question of a bribery attempt.
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i do not know what information journalists are going on. >> reporter: the government says the entire affair is a despicable show designed to scuttle the presidential election, but independent greeks are sticking to their guns and threatening to make the recording publish. pakistan has detained one of the men suspected of master mining the mum biattacks has now -- just a day after releasing him. rallies have been held across pakistan to remember the 148 people killed by the taliban gunmen at a military-run school on tuesday. they held signs calling for the perpetrators to be publicly
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hanged. other signs read we are innocent, don't kill us. australia is still coming to the terms with the siege of a sydney cafe. andrew thomas has more. >> reporter: this week's siege has been a huge shock, but some sort of attack wasn't entirely unsuspected. the government raised theater richl alert level to high. two weeks later they launched what they called the largest counter terrorism operation in history. 800 police were involved in raids. but despite the scale of those raids, only one person arrested remains in custody as a result. the man was initially charged in connection with a plot to carry out a terrorist act, and
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financing terrorism. on monday he appeared in a sydney court on further charges of financing terrorism. police say they think he organized money for australians who traveled to fight with isil. but there appear to be no connections between he and the man who attacked a cafe earlier this week. he had been charged with sexual assault, he had taken to social media to express his support for the so-called islamic state. and yet he was out on bail and somehow able to get ahold of a shotgun. the carpet of flowers where the siege took place is still growing. a candle lit vigil has been held in memory of eight children were found in a australian house. the children were found with stab wounds on friday morning. the mother of seven of the
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children is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. the u.s. -- says it will not support a draft resolution on palestinian statehood. jordan introduced the draft on wednesday which sets a time frame for israel to end its occupation of palestinian land. >> we have seen the draft. it is not something we would support and we think others feel the same and are calling for further consultations. the palestinians understand that. president abbas said they will continue consultations and are not pushing for a vote now. a new development plan by the israeli government is threatening the distinct way of life of palestinian bedouins. they are being asked to resettle elsewhere. and it is not the first time. andrew l simmons reports. >> reporter: in every direction you look in this part of the desert, you will see bedouin
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communities. a way of life that dates back longer than the state of israel. but they are israeli citizens but believe the latest development plan once again threatens their ancestral homeland. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: this is what happened with the last plan, mass protests which turned violent, eventually moves to vettel thousands of bedouins in towns were dropped. but now campaigners fear they could be faced with a similar space again. >> we want to maintain our life. we want to live in peace here. we want to be integrated in this state. we want to be part of it. we want to contribute to its community, but in our way. >> reporter: this is one of the unrecognized villages where a few homes have already been demolished. the people manage without any main services of power, water, or sewage. all they want is to stay put with better facilities. the people living here say they
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are not asking for much, and they also say they have long-standing rights that go back more than seven generations. it is said that the site of this village dates back to the days of the ottoman empire. >> translator: it's normal for any person to hold on to their land, because it's where our ancestors were born. this is our village. we are still here. and we are staying here. >> reporter: there is a deep distrust of the israeli government. the people here believe it has always intended to cut the historic links between palestinians and their land to allow more jewish settlement. andrew simmons, al jazeera. the u.s. state of colorado is being sued by two of its neighbors over the legalization of marijuana. nebraska and oklahoma have taken their case to the u.s. supreme court. they are arguing that colorado
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has failed to contain the drug within its borders making it harder to entire their anti-marijuana laws. nebraska an authorities say policing it is draining state resources. protests have turned violent once again on the street of haiti. protesters say they won't keep off of the streets until the president steps down. kim vinnell has the latest. >> reporter: riot police lead the escape after unidentified gunmen opened higher at the start of a protest in port ah prince. demonstrators quickly followed while security reinforcements arrive. anti-government protesters regroup and march through the capitol. the song sounds upbeat, but carries a serious message for the country's besieged president.
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>> translator: the administration of the president is defending the rich interests, and they are very corrupt. they don't care about the poor haitians. that's why we are asking for his removal and prosecution. >> reporter: opposition leaders say the time for talk is over. >> translator: we're not going to end ter into negotiations with the president. we want martelly's designation. today we have the rope, and if we find him, we will tie him up. >> reporter: protesters have held near daily rallies in the capitol, angry at the government corruption, and that there hasn't been an election in three years. their calls for the most part falling on deaf ears. the president blames legislators for the delayed elections, accusing them of blocking the
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vote to approve electoral law. critics say martelly is trying to hold on to power, because without elections come january the parliament will be dissolved and he would vote by decree. protesters say the writing is already on the wall. and only the resignation will stabilize this fracty house country. u.s. president barack obama has spoken to egyptian president, about the flee al jazeera journalists who were jailed in egypt. peter greste, mohammed fahmy, and baher mohamed were jailed on false charges of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. they have now been held for 356 days. they are appealing against their convictions. the deputy spokesman says in the phone conversation, obama did raise the cases of the al jazeera journalists, and more broadly the issue of the imprisonment of journalists. the nsc spokesmen also told al
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jazeera: still to come on this news hour, traveling to another country to get an education in your mother tongue. that's what some children have to do every day. plus polyan dri in remote nepal. we'll be meeting the woman who has three husbands. and in sport, barcelona has one of their players back from injury. a look ahead to the weekend in football is coming up. ♪
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findings were misrepresented. turkish state tv has reportrepor reported a warrant has been issued for a cleric in exile in the u.s. state of pennsylvania. kurdish forces say they are hoping to free thousands of people from the yazidis community who have taken refuge in the sinjar mountains. let's talk more about this. mark, good to have you with us. so how significant are these gains by kurdish forces against isil? >> well, i think they are significant for that part of the battlefield, but we have got to recognize, that's a minor part
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of the overall battlefield in both iraq and syria. it's good to see the peshmerga are gaining ground, but the iraqi security forces have lost ground recently in places like beiji. >> the peshmerga forces have been telling us they are running out of ammunition. presumably isil fighters even now are regrouping to launch counterattacks. >> i wouldn't characterize it in that matter. the united states has announced and approved a $1.6 billion package for arms and ammunition. at yesterday's press conference, the commander of the new combined joint task force being put in for the 40-member coalition, said that they feel pretty confident that isil is on their back feet and no longer able to conduct significant
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offensive operations, but he also did make it very, very clear that this is a minimum of a three-year effort. >> it's good to hear some optimism there. do you think the u.s.-lead air strikes have gone well? officials say they killed several top leaders in those strikes and that significantly affected isil as well. >> the attack on the leadership is helpful, but what is more important is the way the air strikes have given a lift, a bit of opt schism to the security forces. as a former soldier there is nothing that one feels better than seeing your own jet fighters on top of you helping you in the fight. in that has been a truly helpful process in getting the iraqi security forces out of this mind set of being defeated and getting them back into the offensive mode. >> we have been hearing some reports that u.s. combat troops have been taking part in some operations on the ground.
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have you been hearing that? >> we certainly have at least 350 american advisors at the base in anbar. they certainly have the right to self-defense. i would suspect that if there were some military operations attacking that base, that for force protection measures, they may have responded. that has yet to be determined and yet to be clarified. but i think it's very important that we recognize that the increase in the number of american troops, the closer they get in this advice anded a cyst mission, we have to be candid, there will be american casual casualties. and it's important for all of the coalition nations to still themselves for that day when they start taking casualties in this operation. >> thank you very much for your analysis. the apparently kidnap of more than 100 people in nigeria
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is a reminder of the danger faced by the people in the northeast. boko haram is suspected of abducting thousands of people this year alone. in april they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from a rural town. the incident brought global attention to boko haram's violent uprising. months later they reportedly abducted dozens of boys and men in a village. as many as 97 people were unaccounted for. and now more than 170 people were abducted from a village, and over 30 people were killed. we are joined by an independent researcher on war and conflict study, and is live for us from birmingham in the u.k. hundreds and hundreds of people abducted by boko haram. what is the strategy here? why are they doing this?
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>> reporter: the first thing we need to understand about boko haram is that their psychology tells them to kidnap because they need to swell their forces, they need foot soldiers. so they kidnap young men to join their forces. the second reason is their need women to work as sex slaves or domestic slaves. these are the basic reasons why they kidnap. and the third reason is they do it because they need money for ransom, a lot of time they have kidnapped people and often when they kidnap these people we don't hear when they get ransom, but they need the ransom to sustain the insurgency. >> so they are kidnapping women
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as sex and domestic slaves, and men to swell their ranks. does that mean there are not voluntary people who join boko haram? >> there are a lot of people that have the philosophy, the id idolgy, and are ready to fight with them to the death. but they need that number to go up. and they have lost a lot of people in battles, in bombings, and they have to keep the insurgency going. we have had a number of women coming [ inaudible ] and that's why you see [ inaudible ] or sometimes fighten them into [ inaudible ] to being suicide bombers. and they have volunteers to keep that insurgency going, they need people coming into the
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insurgency. >> why hasn't nigeria been able to defeat them. they don't seem to be diminishing these attacks and abductions. >> no, it is not a number of times analysts like myself have argued that the first problem we have there is with the government not being really [ inaudible ] insurgency. election is coming up in february 2015, the government is more interested in campaigning for elections and pretending as if nothing is happening. and the military are so demotivated that they are not willing to fight. insurgents have come in to attackvillages, and they have tried to call military, but often they don't come. and there is a problem with weapons, because they don't have the weapons to withstand the fire power of boko haram.
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>> is that also why the government has been unable to track down any of the victims of abduction, because they have been saying for weeks and weeks they are close to finding the schoolgirls, but nothing ever seems to happen. is that just a lie? >> well, the government needs to keep telling the world and nigerians that they are doing something about this. they won't just say we're not doing anything about it. but they have not done anything serious to get these people back. some time ago they said they were declaring war on boko haram, and nothing has happened since then. when asked, they say if we go there, because this is where the insuragainst [ inaudible ] we would have to kill all of the women. so negotiations have not been working. >> good to speak with you. thank you very much indeed for that. now u.s. president barack
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obama has signed a bill to impose more sanctions on russia over the crisis in eastern ukraine after big falls in the value of the ruble additional economic sanctions would put president putin under more pressure. but ukraine isn't the only place where russia is accused of interfering. transnistria is just across the border. since 1992 they have depended on russian military and financial assistance. it is a sliver of land, but ethnic and cultural lines are not easily defined. moldovan children in one town for example must travel from a village in moldovan-held territory to get an education in their mother tongue.
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>> reporter: these peoples take the bus every day with their teachers. it's a journey this person has been making for 12 years. today is a good day. no hold ups as they cross the boundary line, into territory controlled by moldova from the break away republic. their destination, this village. the school shares its classrooms with the pupils so that they can learn in romanian. >> translator: it's good that you can learn your mother tongue, you learn about your motherland. it is better this way. >> reporter: teachers say one school was shut down for refusing to teach.
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>> translator: they are obliged to teach in russian history, and russian language. it's not our language and it's not our history. >> reporter: the villages here have problems of their own. they are losing the right to farm their own land. on the 14th of october, harm headers came up here and discovered their access to farmland has been completely blocked by this mud bank after a digger was brought in. and now a police car has been stationed permanently here to stop anybody from sighing to cross. vieira says she has lost access to 90% of their farm. >> translator: people have been left without work or earnings to support their families with. >> reporter: these land owners want to sue the federation. and they have grounds for optimism. in 2012 russia was held liable
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for violating the rights of schools like this one. but 1 million euros in damages is as of yet unpaid. the constitutional court in south korea has banned a political party accused of being pronorth korea. south korea's government has petitioned to dissolve the minority group. it's five members of parliament have been stripped of their seat. the upp leader has condemned the ruling, and has called the south careen government a dicker toal regime. the united nations has voted to refer [ inaudible ] after a u.n. report released in february details a range of human rights violations. north korea has rejected the resolution, calling it a political plot. now in a remote district of
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nepal families follow an age-old tradition where brothers can marry the same woman, but as reported, the younger generation is moving away from this controversial custom. >> reporter: this woman is married to three brothers. but none of them are around. they are away working with their cattle. one is a trekking guide. and [ inaudible ]. in this remote district, these people of tibet tan ancestry say that marrying brothers is the only way to ensure that they have enough food. >> the produce from the land here is never enough. that's why brothers have to live together. if each one had to manage their own, it would never be enough. sometimes even living together like this, there is not enough food. >> reporter: with all of the brothers married to the same woman, their land remains
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intact, and families can continue on as farmers and traitors. >> translator: times have changed. sometimes even my husbands talk about getting married again. they are still young. i tell them no. >> reporter: an increasing number of younger generation of tibet ans get educated and not only do they want polyandry, but many don't come back here. this woman and her younger husband have a large farm to manage. the older husband and her four children are all in kathmandu. there is just too much work for the couple, and they have had to hire people to help them. and their children show no sign of coming back. >> translator: we worked hard to educate our children. now that they are educated they don't have to go to the
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highlands to work and find food or go to the low lands. wherever they go, they find jobs and buy food with that money. they will marry and stay there. >> reporter: they have sold most of their cattle. land has gone to sharecroppers, and the couple often wonder where they will end up when they can no longer manage to work. still to come here on the show, why foreigners are to be banned from serving up delicious flavors in malaysia. and we have nba action coming up later in the show. stay with us. ♪
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♪ hello again, welcome back. pa nang in northern malaysia is renown for its street food. but in a year's time only malaysians will be allowed to cook in local stores, foreigners are being banned. >> reporter: food, it's something of an obsession among malaysians. it's quite common to hear people ask one another, have you eaten, instead of how are you? and among many, there is a general agreement that street food in the northern state is the best. this boy started out as an apprentice to his father when he
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was only a teen. to this day he uses the same family recipe that has been handed down for generations. and he has trained his son to cook exactly the same thing. it has been described as one of the food capitals of the world, and people here take their food seriously. so seriously that the state government wants to ban foreigners from cooking local fair. the chief minister says it's to preserve the authenticity to the food. >> if you just employ a worker -- who just has a routine job, i think you are losing the very sense -- the -- the magic that makes pee nang food so incredible. >> as to what exactly that magic is, one food writer offers her opinion. >> it is so closely related to the strong sense of identity
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that the people here have. a lot of passion and love goes into the creation of all of the dishes. >> reporter: but the food ambassador says the ban is short sided. >> we should train them properly, so that they in the future will go everywhere around the world and spread malaysian cuisi cuisine. >> reporter: but the state government is adamant. believing it will preserve the food. makes me feel quite hungry. here is sport now. >> as you have been hearing earlier fifa will publish what they are calling appropriate details of the michael garcia's ethics report. it investigated the conduct of the organization during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 world cups.
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previously football's governing body said a summary would be enough. but garcia resigned this week, saying he lost confidence in his bosses. the president said the report will be released but some names of confidential sources will be withheld. let's talk to sports journalist james pierce. james what will the full pup indication of this report mean? >> well, that's the big question. fifa says it won't be published until the investigations are completed into five people who are under investigation. there is no time scale given, but the key thing is it's not going to be published any time soon. >> tim does this decision make fifa look better or worse? >> i don't think it's possible to make fifa look any worse at the moment. these have been some pretty bad years for fifa, so this is a
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positive step, but there are big question marks against it. one we don't know when it will be released, but also large chunks are likely to be redacted, hidden away. we don't know when or how much will be published either. >> the president has said that the 2018, and the 2022 world cups are safe and they are still on the calendar. so have russia and qatar -- do they need to be worried? >> i don't think russia needs to be worried at all. simply for timing reasons because it's three and a half years away. by the time this report is published i think it will be realistic to say that anybody could step in and take over for the russian world cup. perhaps a bit more concern over qatar, but fifa has been resolute in saying the qatar world cup will take place. >> after this recent publication
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of the report of garcia and his resignation, what do people make of fifa right now? >> fifa has had such appalling publicity around the world. they brought on many of their problems themselves because theying haven't been transparent or seen to be doing what many supporters around the world would like them to do. people want the world cup given to the best country in a transparent process. from now on, they will make sure the process is very, very different. and that fans around the world can be confident it's a fair process. >> james pierce thank you very much for that. italy and liverpool striker bar telly has been given a one-match ban by the english fa. he was punished for his
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super-mario post on social media which had racist connotations. he will miss sunday's home game against arsenal, and was fined nearly $40,000. german champions munich traveled [ inaudible ] on friday for what will be their last [ inaudible ] of 2014. they can go 14 points clear with a victory. barcelona will play their final game of the year on saturday. they drew a 0-0 last time out in the league. but their attack will be bolstered by the return of their player who has recovered from an ankle problem. australia are in a strong position after day three of a second test in brisbane. but india are far from out of it.
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they trail by 26 overall. australia made 505 with skipper steve smith top scoring with 133? t new orleans's anthyny davis out scored james harden. he score 40 points? . the pelicans always had the edge on this night. but the night belonged to new orleans who pulled away to win 99-90. and that's all of your sport for me. >> lovely. thank you very much indeed for that. now sony pictures is facing a backlash in hollywood african selling the release of its new film "the interview," it's a fictional comedy about a plot to
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assassinate north korea's leader. >> this is the secretary of communicati communication of north korea -- >> reporter: the reaction not to release "the interview" was swift and negative. actor rob lowe tweeted: sony's decision came after hackers who previously stole reams of confidence information, threatened to physically attack movie goers in theaters if the film was shown popular u.s. tv talk show host blasted the studio and cinema chains of twitter for what he called: unnamed federal law enforcement officials told u.s. news agencies that north korea was centrally involved in the sony
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cyber attack. that country is furious over the comedy about a fictitious plot to assassinate kim jung un. senior republican senator john mccain said the obama administration is at fault for not having a strategy to address the use of cyber war fair by countries hostile to the u.s. he called the case: the obama administration was actually the first to use cyber weapons against another country. anonymous u.s. speci special -- officials boasted in 2012 about using a virus that was reportedly developed jointly by the u.s. and israel. the hacking affair will result in subdued freedom of speech and expression, scholars say. >> this sets a precedent for
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others who wish to attack cultural items. >> reporter: josh earnst called the sony cyber attack a serious national security matter, and said the government was considering a range of options on how to respond. and finally this news hour, a new planet has been discovered or more accurately an exoplanet. a planet that orbitz a star other than the sun. nasa's official planet, hunter, the space telescope spotted it, 180 million light years away from earth. it measures two and a half times the earth's diameter. this is a major achievement for the telescope. it has discovered more than a thousand planets since its launch in 2009. that's it for me and all of the team here in doha.
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